3:29 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey reveals an astonishing trend: Cory Booker, the state's Democratic senator running for a full term this fall, frequently polls below 50 percent support against his Republican challenger, Jeff Bell. The latest survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows 42 percent of registered voters say they support Booker, while 29 percent say they support Bell. Twenty-seven percent, meanwhile, say they haven't made up their minds yet.
That's a 13-point advantage for Booker, to be sure, but it's not exactly a ringing endorsement for the former Newark mayor, who won a special election for the open seat last year. The New Jersey seat is a likely Democratic hold, but the FDU poll is one of several polls taken over the past few months to show Booker below 50 percent. In fact, just two polls, both from the New York Times and CBS News, have Booker breaking that threshold, with the most recent of those giving 52 percent to Bell's 37 percent. One poll last month even had Booker leading by a mere 10 points.
Booker isn't quite the juggernaut he may appear. He won his special election in 2013 by just 10 points, despite facing an underfunded and underwhelming opponent in former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan. And as Eliana Johnson of National Review has demonstrated, Booker hasn't been fully vetted. But the Democrat is well-funded, having raised more than $16 million this cycle. New Jersey remains a strongly Democratic state on the federal level; the last time the Garden State elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate was 1972. That was Clifford Case, who would go on to lose the GOP nomination in 1978 to one Jeff Bell, then a young conservative upstart.
Now the 70-year-old Bell is running his longshot campaign on a shoestring budget and an almost singular message: the gold standard. His name recongition is nothing compared to Booker's, and help from the state's leading Republican, governor Chris Christie, has been minimal. The Republican establishment in Washington has all but ignored the race.
So why is Booker taking so long to seal the deal?
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the President's ISIS speech, and whether his foreign policy will help Democrats running for re-election in 2014.
4:41 PM, Sep 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Inside the numbers of an ABC poll in which the numbers are decidedly not going the president’s way, there is this interesting nugget:
6:49 PM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic senator from New Hampshire, leads her likely Republican challenger Scott Brown by just three points in a new poll commissioned by American Crossroads. The conservative super PAC's poll of likely New Hampshire voters was conducted at the end of August. John DiStaso has more details:
"A rout?"11:01 AM, Aug 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Shelley Moore Capito leads her Democratic opponent Natalie Tennant by 17 points, according to a new poll of the West Virginia Senate race from Rasmussen Reports. An even 50 percent say they support Capito, the congresswoman and daughter of former governor Arch Moore, while just 33 percent say they support Tennant, the secretary of state.
3:51 PM, Aug 6, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican challenger Jeff Bell trails incumbent New Jersey senator Cory Booker by just 10 points, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac. Among registered voters in the Garden State, just 47 percent say they support Booker, the Democrat who won a special election to the Senate last fall and is running for a full term. At 37 percent support is Bell, a conservative activist who was the GOP nominee for Senate in 1978.
7:59 AM, Aug 1, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Kaiser Family Foundation's latest poll on public opinion of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has found the law is more unpopular with Americans than ever before. Kaiser found in its July survey that 53 percent of Americans say they have an unfavorable opinion of the law, with just 37 percent saying they have a favorable opinion.
8:36 AM, Jul 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton's tour promoting her book Hard Choices may be having an effect—though perhaps not the one the 66-year-old former secretary of state might have wanted. A new poll of the potential 2016 presidential field from Quinnipiac, conducted at the end of June, found support for Clinton among Democratic primary voters at 58 percent.
3:01 PM, Jun 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll finds Colorado Republican Cory Gardner neck and neck with the Democratic senator Mark Udall in what's become one of the hottest Senate races of the midterm elections. Rasmussen Reports finds Udall with 43 percent support and Gardner, a two-term congressman, with 42 percent support, a virtual tie between the candidates.
12:10 PM, Jun 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry tells Fox News's James Rosen that the Obama administration does not "do foreign policy by polls." That, the sescretary of state said, is "a good thing."